Buxton athletes go the extra miles in last week’s Great North Run

SEVERAL ladies from Buxton & District Athletic Club joined 50,000 other athletes by taking part in the famous Great North Run last weekend.

The race, a point-to-point course, starts at Newcastle and finishes 13.2 miles later at South Shields.

First home for Buxton, running well, was Annemarie Claye in a time of 1:44:05, while Wendy Bainbridge completed the course in two hours and two seconds.

Sarah Nicholson ran the course with daughter Amy Wadsworth, both finishing in two hours, eight minutes and 23 seconds.

Kath Forder, freshly back from injury and showing promising form, came home in a time of two hours, 11 minutes and 31 seconds.

Buxton athletes recently competed in an event held alongside Longnor Races, over a two-lap course involving two river crossings. Finishers included Rob White, Mark Halsey, Roland Meylan and, competing in his second ever race, Pete Bailey.

On the junior front, Elliott Meylan took first prize for the second year running. Continuing his excellent form, Elliott took part in his school’s cross country, Harpur Hill, which consisted of three laps, and stormed home in first place, while Lewis Meylan, in his first race, took third place.

Rob White took on the longer distance at the weekend, taking part in the High Peak 40-mile event, his first outing at this distance, and finished in a creditable time of just under eight hours.

Buxton AC’s regular Wednesday club night is now held out of the newly-refurbished Pavilion Gardens Swimming Pool at 6.45pm. Everyone is welcome.